We are planning to hold classes for Fall 2021 in person. Should the federal, state or local guidelines mandate a change, however, we will update our students accordingly. Please find additional frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 below. See our Admissions FAQs for general information.
What is the current situation in Montana with respect to the coronavirus?
See the Missoula City-County Health Department’s COVID-19 information page for details.
Please also see the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force website for more information.
Montana is fortunate to have extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation. Trails and recreation areas provide excellent avenues to get out of the house and recharge.
Is the University planning to have live, face-to-face classes in Fall 2021?
We are preparing to welcome students to campus in the fall for in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible. We hope this fall at UM resembles a more traditional environment - from academics to student activities, athletics and campus operations. While there are a number of variables that could impact our ability to be fully back in our classrooms and learning spaces, now is the time to plan for this transition. As we have throughout this pandemic, we will continue working closely with public health officials to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. Read more
What if I get sick or am exposed to someone who has COVID-19?
How do I make up my work if I am impacted by COVID-19?
Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes. The Montana governor, the Missoula City-County Board of Health and the University of Montana have each imposed mask requirements in a public setting. Follow signage across campus and ensure your nose and mouth are covered.
In addition, the University may still have health and safety kits (e.g. masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant) to provide to students in the fall. We will update students on the availability of these kits as we approach fall and more information becomes available.
What has the University done to develop health and safety plans?
When does the Fall 2021 semester start?
When does fall semester end?
The last day of Fall 2021 classes is Wednesday, December 15.
What are the housing options?
Missoula has a wide range of housing options, including University of Montana apartments, newer apartment complexes designed for student living and more conventional rentals. Here are some resources to help you get started in finding housing: University Villages, Lewis & Clark Village, ASUM Renter Center, ROAM, The Sawyer.
University Villages are unfurnished, affordable apartments just off campus. They range in size from studios to four-bedroom apartments. Housing priority is given to students who are married, students who have dependent children and students with disabilities. Single graduate students may also live in University Villages.
Lewis and Clark Village is conveniently located on the South Campus of the University of Montana. Lewis and Clark is within walking or biking distance to campus. The apartments are located at 3000 S. Higgins Ave. All residents must be currently enrolled students. Lewis and Clark Village features 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with private bedrooms and shared kitchen, living room and bathroom between roommates. Each resident in the apartment has an individual rental contract. The apartment comes furnished with a couch, chair, full-size beds, desks, dressers, shelves, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove and microwave.
Services available at the University Villages and Lewis and Clark Village include bus service, childcare, community center, computer lab, laundry, maintenance, security and Community Assistants. Many apartments become available during summer since it is the season of highest turnover, but get your name on the waiting list as soon as possible.
There are a number of property management companies in Missoula, all of which can be found online. We do not recommend any particular company. Facebook Marketplace can also be a good resource.
The University has compiled all University-wide coronavirus-related updates, communications and other information on the UM Coronavirus Updates website.
UM has also created a Coronavirus Hotline at 406-243-INFO(4636), available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to speak with UM employees about your questions.
UM is closely tracking the COVID-19 case trends in both Missoula and across Montana. You can track Montana’s cases here.